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DOURO: THE ENCHANTING RIVER (CRUISE)

Tour Runs: April 16-24, 2018

Portugal’s Douro River Valley, best known as the birthplace of Port wine, boasts a rich cultural history and rustic charm. Join us for a voyage aboard the luxury riverboat M.S. AmaVida, as we cruise through verdant landscapes and explore art and architecture from the past to the present. We will step ashore to discover timeless villages and savor excellent local varietals.

Begin in Porto with a private lunch at the Serralves Foundation, home to an excellent collection of contemporary art in a building designed by a Pritzker Prize-winning local architect. Then embark AmaVida for a seven-night cruise. Admire Baroque architecture and Flemish tapestries in Lamego and cross the border to spend a day in Salamanca, Spain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site rich with important monuments from the Romanesque to the Baroque. Wander the narrow streets of Castelo Rodrigo, a fortified hilltop village, and enjoy exclusive dinners and tastings at family-owned wine estates and a thousand-year-old monastery.  Return to Porto for a private concert at Casa da Música, designed by Rem Koolhaas, and a sampling of vintage Ports on a hillside overlooking the city.

For those who wish to spend more time ashore, an optional three night  prelude in Lisbon, Portugal, and a three-night postlude in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, are offered. Starting at $6,999 per person.

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 HIGHLIGHTS  Cruise in Style • Spend seven nights exploring the stunning Douro Valley aboard a luxury river vessel   Fresh Off the Vine • Sample Vinho Verde, Port, and other local vintages at specially arranged tastings   Escape to Enchanting Salamanca • Cross the Spanish border to discover the UNESCO-listed city of Salamanca   The Art of Winemaking • Visit a local wine estate with cellars designed by a Pritzker Prize-winning Portuguese architect   A Concert Unlike Any Other • Experience a performance at Rem Koolhaas’ Casa da Música

HIGHLIGHTS

Cruise in Style • Spend seven nights exploring the stunning Douro Valley aboard a luxury river vessel


Fresh Off the Vine • Sample Vinho Verde, Port, and other local vintages at specially arranged tastings


Escape to Enchanting Salamanca • Cross the Spanish border to discover the UNESCO-listed city of Salamanca


The Art of Winemaking • Visit a local wine estate with cellars designed by a Pritzker Prize-winning Portuguese architect


A Concert Unlike Any Other • Experience a performance at Rem Koolhaas’ Casa da Música

 ACCOMMODATIONS: M.S.  AmaVida   Launched in 2013, M.S.  AmaVida  brings environmentally responsible luxury cruising to the Douro River Valley. All cabins face outside and most offer balconies. Enjoy panoramic views of terraced vineyards from  AmaVida ’s sun deck, and experience gourmet dining with an al fresco option. Other onboard amenities include an elevator, spa, fitness center, heated pool, and complimentary internet access. The sun deck’s photovoltaic solar panels provide power for the ship's operating systems, helping to preserve a pristine area that the National Geographic Society has designated a top sustainable destination.

ACCOMMODATIONS: M.S. AmaVida

Launched in 2013, M.S. AmaVida brings environmentally responsible luxury cruising to the Douro River Valley. All cabins face outside and most offer balconies. Enjoy panoramic views of terraced vineyards from AmaVida’s sun deck, and experience gourmet dining with an al fresco option. Other onboard amenities include an elevator, spa, fitness center, heated pool, and complimentary internet access. The sun deck’s photovoltaic solar panels provide power for the ship's operating systems, helping to preserve a pristine area that the National Geographic Society has designated a top sustainable destination.

 MEANDER DOWN THE DOURO  Experience the heart of wine country and see the lush sights, understand the symphony of the soil, and know what makes wines from this region so unique.

MEANDER DOWN THE DOURO

Experience the heart of wine country and see the lush sights, understand the symphony of the soil, and know what makes wines from this region so unique.

 CASTELO RODRIGO  Visit this fortified hilltop village overlooking slopes studded with almond trees and vineyards.  Pass through its 16th-century walls, climb the narrow, medieval streets, and refresh with a tasting of regional wine and delicacies.   Tour Runs: April 16-24, 2018   DOWNLOAD BROCHURE/FULL ITINERARY    BOOK TODAY

CASTELO RODRIGO

Visit this fortified hilltop village overlooking slopes studded with almond trees and vineyards.  Pass through its 16th-century walls, climb the narrow, medieval streets, and refresh with a tasting of regional wine and delicacies. 

Tour Runs: April 16-24, 2018

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BOOK TODAY